Category Archives: Broadband

EBAG – Target met!

Ellisfield Broadband Action Group (EBAG) are delighted to report that the target has been reached and the money is now in the bank ready for action!

We would like to thank all donors for getting the monies to us so promptly.

As already reported EBAG will be meeting Hampshire County Council and Openreach on Wednesday 6 June to and progress next steps. We will of course keep you informed.

best wishes


EBAG – Pledge collection latest – nearly there!

Pledges collected now total an impressive £18,925

Thank you, once again to all those who have followed up their pledge so quickly.

A meeting with HCC and OpenReach has been setup for 6 June to go through the details of the project and to discuss the contract with HCC. Reminder: All the relevant information will be communicated BEFORE the contract is signed and BEFORE any monies leave the EBAG account.

It would be good to have collected all pledges by the meeting date so that we can show HCC and OpenReach that we are a serious concern and committed to the project. Cheques are an acceptable method of payment but BACS transfer (using the details sent individually) would be best.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact:

Ali Swanston, Oakhill, Green Lane, telephone 381171,
Alix Taylor, Lower Farm, Green Lane, telephone 381992,

Thank you


EBAG – Pledges now being collected

Once again EBAG would like to thank the villagers who have generously pledged – meeting the target required.

Following the EBAG meeting on 16 May – pledges are now being collected towards the target of £22,442.

So far,  £14,675 has been collected. Thank you to all those who have followed up their pledge so quickly.

A Treasurers account has been opened for dual signatory. Monies are being collected into this account. If you haven’t already done so please contact Ali and / or Alex for details of the account.

A meeting with HCC and OpenReach has been requested to go through the details of the project and to discuss the contract with HCC. All the relevant information will be communicated BEFORE the contract is signed and BEFORE any monies leave the EBAG account.

We are still a little way away from signing any contract, however HCC and OpenReach have to be satisfied that we can raise the necessary funding and if they are not satisfied then the process cannot continue any further. So we need the monies in the bank to prove our intent even if this means collecting it early.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact:
Ali Swanston, Oakhill, Green Lane, telephone 381171,
Alix Taylor, Lower Farm, Green Lane, telephone 381992,

Thank you


EBAG latest update – Pledge total met

We have been overwhelmed by the support for a superfast broadband solution for the South of Ellisfield. We have received pledges from the South and some from the North of the village for which we are most grateful.

We are now delighted to announce that we have hit the pledge target of £22,422

We are in the process of opening a bank account for monies to be paid into and the bank details will be made available once we have them.

EBAG are meeting on 16 May and will issue an update on next steps after that.

Thank you


Latest pledges total – EBAG Superfast for the South

As of today we have been pledged the amount of £16,800 (we need £22,442).

We current total is now high enough to make the £22,442 achievable… however we are still not there!

Ali Swanston ( and Alix Taylor ( will be door knocking around the village this weekend in the hope of raising more pledges. Please do get in touch with either (or both) if you would like to make an offer or to raise your current pledge.

Thank you to all those who have already put their names forward. Your support for our local community is very much appreciated.

Ellisfield Broadband Action Group (EBAG)

Read more detail about pledging your support here: Pledge Communication April 2018 V2

EBAG – Fantastic Broadband Opportunity

Ellisfield Broadband Action Group (EBAG) have today, hand-delivered a new communication to the houses in the South of the village regarding the latest news about internet connectivity. The communication says:

“We have just now received a significantly lower quote from Openreach/Hampshire County Council for a faster broadband solution (Fibre to the Premises – FTTP) to the whole of South of Ellisfield. The quote is for £44,883 which means that we need to raise £22,442 (Hampshire County Council can currently provide 50% of the cost).

EBAG firmly believes that this is a great opportunity for the South! Although the South are having to pay for their broadband it is important to point out that the solution on offer is the ‘latest and greatest’ available. It is superior to the solution in the North and will give us a uniform fast service that is inherently future proofed. FTTP can offer speeds of up to 300mbps!”

However HCC funds are limited and issued on a first come first served basis. Therefore time is of the essence – we need to move quickly. The South raised £11,500 in pledges in 2014, let’s just double that!!

We are now asking residents to make their pledges via:

Pledges will be taken in confidence. Please could you confirm the date of your pledge, the amount, your name and property name. We will acknowledge your pledges in due course along with a proposed payment date.

******PLEDGES NEED TO BE WITH US BY 6 MAY 2018******

Please ‘dig deep’. There is no minimum or maximum amount to pledge as every household is different. However as this is a community undertaking we would hope that the majority will feel able to contribute something.

If anyone has ideas for community fundraising efforts – perhaps the younger generation might like to get involved – please share them as this scheme has huge benefits for everyone for many years to come.

If you have any questions please contact Alix Taylor (details above) in the first instance.
We will publicise a running total on the Parish Council website and should you wish at any point to increase your pledge please do so!

We would be interested to hear if you run a business from your home in the South of Ellisfield as we are investigating the ‘Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme’. Just let Ali or Alix know.

The North of the village did go live with superfast broadband on 10 April 2018. If residents in the North have any questions or require assistance about what to do next please contact Julian Wright, who will be only too happy to help.”

Read the whole communication here:  Pledge Communication April 2018




Ellisfield Superfast Broadband options – EBAG

Where are we on Broadband?

Ellisfield Broadband Action Group (EBAG) is exploring options to bring Broadband to all of Ellisfield. We can confirm that the North is in the BT Superfast Broadband for 2018. However, at present there are no plans for the South of the village. The options for the South of the village are BT Superfast Broadband, Microwave (both require village funding) or 4G mobile as self-service (may not be available everywhere in the village). However, for BT Superfast Broadband the good news is that since we started the initiative 3 years ago, the funding rules have changed
and we can currently apply to subscribe to a ‘match funding’ scheme whereby any village pledges will be matched by HCC. Our hope is that the village will work together as a collective on the funding gap. We in the South of the village have to demonstrate to HCC and BT that we have sufficient interest registered by the residents. You can subscribe to any/all of the following options.


This is a long term and on-going option, providing the funds are raised, that would be implemented in 1-3 years delivering broadband speeds of between 10-25 meg. In order to progress this, we need you to register your interest.
This does not require any financial commitment.  Go to:

  • Type in your postcode,
  • Press ‘find’,
  • Select your address,
  • Press ‘register your interest’
  • Complete the simple form – title, name, email, landline telephone number, Press ‘submit’.
  • Please can you let Ali Swanston know that you have registered or telephone her on 381171.


This is wireless option that comes with an entry cost of £350 per household and additionally requires a subsidy voucher/code from HCC. It will deliver unlimited broadband with a minimum speed of 15 meg to all residents (North and South) who subscribe. This will initially be for a 1 year term to be extended thereafter. Note. Portsmouth Estates including Hill Farm already use this service. Vouchers/code are only available until the end of December 2017 but it could be installed by 31st Jan 2018. To register for a subsidy voucher/code (finishes end Dec 2017), go to:

  • Go to bottom of the page,
  • complete the simple form – title, name, email, landline telephone number,
  • press ‘submit’.
  • You will then receive an email from ‘ saying that you are eligible for the scheme.
  • There will be a link to:
  • and a case number.
  • Click the link, this will take you to the application page, complete all pages – have your case number handy.
  • You should then receive another email from The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport confirming that you qualify and giving you a subsidy voucher/code (valid for 60 days but can be extended).
  • Please could you let Ali Swanston know that code by email or 381171. We will collate them and submit them together



Mobile broadband is available in some parts from of the village and comes with a limited data capacity contract e.g. 40GB per month. Should you require more information on this service please contact the EBAG team for more information by emailing: Ali / Andy Swanston

EBAG volunteers will also be visiting properties in the South of the village to gauge interest, answer questions and help with registration(s). By tracking numbers we hope to speed up the processes.

Thank you in advance for your support.


working in conjunction with the Parish Council – Gavin Park Weir, Ashley Turberfield, Julian Wright, Andy/Ali Swanston, Alix Taylor, Charlie Hellewell, Dirk/Janette Bacon

Superfast Broadband – latest

Councillor Park-Weir has sent out the following regarding superfast broadband in the village.

We would like to take this opportunity to keep you informed of the latest developments in the project to bring faster broadband to the village and we ask you to respond the questions indicated below; your help will enable the parish council to approach this issue is a way that best reflects the wishes of Ellisfield residents.

The Parish Council are continuing our efforts to bring faster broadband to all properties and business within the village. As it stands today the properties in the North are included in the Hampshire scheme (Wave 2) and are expected to get an improved service by the end of 2018. However there is no plan from Hampshire Council in place to bring faster broadband to the South of the village.

The Parish Council does not believe it is acceptable for there to be no plan to improve service to the South of the village and we intend to put pressure on Hampshire County Council, our County Councillors and our MP to get a solution for Ellisfield South.

The additional cost of BT’s basic faster broadband services vs what we get from BT today is likely to be between £6 and £10 per month and approx. £20 set up fee. We are also exploring the potential for faster broadband service from other suppliers to provide competition other than BT, allowing residents to choose from alternative providers with different options and prices. Once we have faster broadband then residents may want to sign up for additional services, streaming TV, sport, telephone or movies, although these may bring further additional costs.

The Parish Council will make sure that all responses are confidential and that we fulfil our duty to protect your information and privacy although as there is a case that it might be valuable to collectively share the information both inside the community and with prospective broadband suppliers please indicate if you are happy for us to do so.

Please answer the 3 questions below

We would be greatly helped with our efforts if we have an indication of the likely uptake of improved service once it is deployed.

Please can send an email to answering the following questions:

Question 1

My name, address and home phone number is:

Question 2

If a faster service was available… (please respond with one of the following):

  • Yes I would sign up to faster broadband
  • No I don’t need a faster service
  • Other / not sure
  • I decline to share this information with the Parish Council

Please feel free to add a short note if you want to provide any further clarity on your response, volunteer to help the campaign or if the choices don’t fit your situation.

Question 3

If the council need to share my details with potential providers of a faster broadband service

  • Yes, I am happy for my details to be shared
  • No, please don’t share my details

If you don’t have access to email and you want to respond please drop a note to Councillor Park-Weir at Homestead, Green Lane

Thank you for your help

Ellisfield Parish Council